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Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, 101 1/2 College Drive Gambier, Ohio 43022


Show title: Warp: War Rugs of Afghanistan


Curator: Natalie Marsh


Warp (noun): 1. the longitudinal thread or yarn held in tension on a frame or loom; 2. a twist or distortion of the shape or form of something.


Since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and continuing today, traditional Afghan rug weavers have incorporated stylized representations of political figures, Kalashnikovs, flags, maps, architectural landmarks, tanks, drones and ammunition amid colorful floral and geometric patterns; designs reflecting a reality familiar to the people of this multi-generational war-torn region. In 1971 the Italian conceptual artist Alighieri Boetti (1940-1994) began commissioning Afghan weavers to produce his now famous series of map textiles originally inspired by his collected newspaper illustrations of the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War (1967). Years later, during the Soviet invasion and rise of the US-backed Mujahideen, numerous war rug artists began to reuse Boetti's visual mode in order to portray political maps of Afghanistan and neighboring regions overlain with representations of munitions, soldiers, fighter jets and historical people and events. Designs from the 2000s feature collapsing World Trade Center Towers behind peace doves and conjoined US and Afghan national flags. Still other rugs situate orderly rows and columns of identical tanks or guns enclosed within floral borders and encircled by decorative bands of bullets. Obama-era rugs have begun to include images of a new weapon: the drone. These and other iconographies are lifted from Western propaganda materials, sourced from major media outlets, and culled from personal experience. This exhibition presents a selection of rugs that simultaneously document the history of a region while standing as a complicated testament to a still viable expressive and contemporary artistic tradition impacted by unusually diverse economic and political pressures.


The Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.


Opened 2017-05-26 Closed 2017-10-08

Afghan
Older Map Afghan War Rug (Listed as rug 1021 in Miami U show)
29 x 39 inches
74 cm x 99 cm
$60001
Afghan
ALSO RUG 1013 Red Cicatu Afghan War Rug also 1013
39 x 72 inches
99 cm x 183 cm
$750016
Afghan
AK with Long Pistol Afghan War Rug
32 x 45 inches
81 cm x 114 cm
$023
Afghan
Abrash War Afghan War Rug
40 x 66 inches
101 cm x 168 cm
$650039
Afghan
IN Pictorial War Rugs book(exhibited at Miami University Art Museum)Vertical Herati Pictorial, Large Afghan War Rug (listed as 1402 in Miami U show)
49 x 84 inches
124 cm x 213 cm
$1800049
Afghan
MARIO BRO's --not--Square Chechen War Rug
71 x 71 inches
180 cm x 180 cm
$750057
Afghan
Two Ewer Zakini.
42 x 78 inches
107 cm x 198 cm
$300078
Afghan
3 Large Vase, 6 Small Vase with Small Tanks
43 x 79 inches
109 cm x 201 cm
$300096
Afghan
World Trade Center #2
24 x 32 inches
61 cm x 81 cm
$1000109
Afghan
All Over Tanks
41 x 75 inches
104 cm x 190 cm
$0114
Afghan
Black Tank Border w/ Long Fringe and Neon Diamonds
33 x 115 inches
84 cm x 292 cm
$12500138
Afghan
1990 Dated Prayer War Rug w/Afghan Map
32 x 50 inches
81 cm x 127 cm
$7500272
Afghan
Abstract WTC 9/11 Afghan War Rug #2
24 x 29 inches
61 cm x 74 cm
$1200288
Afghan
Buried Land Mines War Rug
33 x 49 inches
84 cm x 124 cm
$3500395
Afghan
Alexander the Great Citadel Prayer War Rug with Three Helicopters
33 x 49 inches
84 cm x 124 cm
$7500405
Afghan
Green Soviet Exodus
25 x 32 inches
63 cm x 81 cm
$1000424
Afghan
(exhibited at Miami University Art Museum)Blue Tank War Rug with Women in Burqas
40 x 76 inches
101 cm x 193 cm
$7500490
Afghan
5 Tanks Brown
41 x 61 inches
104 cm x 155 cm
$1250517
Afghan
4 Ducks and 2 Palaces Tower at Jam War Rug
34 x 52 inches
87 cm x 132 cm
$3500534
Afghan
Blue War Rug with Women, Birds, and Small Tanks
34 x 55 inches
87 cm x 140 cm
$7500536
Afghan
Four E.T. War Rug
35 x 57 inches
89 cm x 145 cm
$8500544
Afghan
World Trade Center War Rugs
24 x 32 inches
61 cm x 81 cm
$1000553
Afghan
War on Terror War Carpet
25 x 32 inches
63 cm x 81 cm
$1000555
Afghan
Red Washed Sofreh
49 x 49 inches
124 cm x 124 cm
$3000750
Afghan
7 Ewer, Blues and Golds, Mid 1990s
48 x 79 inches
122 cm x 201 cm
$2500752
Afghan
Two Figure Banana Rug
42 x 76 inches
107 cm x 193 cm
$12500754
Afghan
River Landscape prayer rug, early 1980s Exhibited Miami U
36 x 64 inches
91 cm x 162 cm
$7500757
Afghan
Soviet Exodus Rug
24 x 612 inches
61 cm x 1554 cm
$2000760
Afghan
Miami U British flag Tora Bora rug
24 x 33 inches
61 cm x 84 cm
$950761
Afghan
Orange, Red, and Blue Big Rifle War Rug
48 x 72 inches
122 cm x 183 cm
$3000762
Afghan
(exhibited at Miami University Art Museum)Vegetable Dye Handspun wool, Blue background
43 x 65 inches
109 cm x 165 cm
$3000765
Afghan
Kharghai Soviet Exodus
28 x 40 inches
71 cm x 101 cm
$2500771
Afghan
(exhibited at Miami University Art Museum) NFS WRONG PHOTOS
35 x 26 inches
89 cm x 66 cm
$950772
Afghan
(exhibited at Miami University Art Museum)Soviet Hand, Red Ground
27 x 34 inches
69 cm x 87 cm
$0774
Afghan
Taliban Era Mashad Style World Map Rug
50 x 70 inches
127 cm x 178 cm
$20000778
Afghan
Herat Mosque with Armor
33 x 54 inches
84 cm x 137 cm
$7500779
Afghan
(Exhibited at Denison University Art Museum) Dostum Standing
24 x 28 inches
61 cm x 71 cm
$4500789
Afghan
Woman on Lion in Corner (Nigel Selection)
74 x 114 inches
188 cm x 290 cm
$38500796
Afghan
Fine Ali Kwaja Vase of Flowers Rug
48 x 72 inches
122 cm x 183 cm
$802
Afghan
Old Red Rug: Two figures pre 1989
22 x 33 inches
56 cm x 83 cm
$4500894
Afghan
(exhibited at Miami University Art Museum) Brown (washed) Saph (Runner Dimension Prayer Rug)
32 x 139 inches
81 cm x 353 cm
$6500897
Afghan
Armor Border Prayer Rug
30 x 56 inches
76 cm x 141 cm
$4500900
Afghan
Kabul City Scene from Airport
34 x 49 inches
87 cm x 124 cm
$4500923
Afghan
Very Fine Rug with Band Imagery
34 x 58 inches
87 cm x 148 cm
$9000943
Afghan
(exhibited at Miami University Art Museum)(listed as 775 in Miami U show) Full View Minaret at Jam war rug
78 x 108 inches
198 cm x 274 cm
$21000948
Afghan
Prayer War Rug
34 x 57 inches
87 cm x 144 cm
$3500957
Afghan
Dual Columns of Tanks and Helicopters
36 x 60 inches
91 cm x 152 cm
$6000964
Afghan
NO PHOTOS- Progenitor Baghlani War Rug with Autumnal Colors
36 x 72 inches
92 cm x 183 cm
$6500985
Afghan
(exhibited at Miami University Art Museum)Hamid Karzai Rug
23 x 27 inches
59 cm x 69 cm
$4500988
Afghan
World Map Baluchi Rug with Mir Border
65 x 108 inches
165 cm x 274 cm
$01004
Afghan
Nightvision F16 War Rug
43 x 78 inches
109 cm x 199 cm
$45001006
Afghan
Motorcycle War Rug with Horsemen
44 x 76 inches
112 cm x 193 cm
$125001016
Afghan
MIG War Rug
32 x 56 inches
81 cm x 142 cm
$175001070
Afghan
Bomb Falling on Column War Rug
37 x 51 inches
94 cm x 130 cm
$40001071
Afghan
Massoud Wagireh (weavers sample) Rug with Afghan Map
29 x 38 inches
74 cm x 96 cm
$65001074
Afghan
Ali Khwaja Pomegranate and Mosque Rug (Plate 39 Vol. 1)
75 x 113 inches
190 cm x 287 cm
$01081
Afghan
Three Panel Herat Workshop
48 x 76 inches
122 cm x 193 cm
$150001089
Afghan
15th Century Queen Gowhar Shad Mausoleum and Minarets
40 x 79 inches
101 cm x 201 cm
$01093
Afghan
Afghan Kazak Afghan Map War Rug - War Against Terror
46 x 48 inches
117 cm x 123 cm
$25001107
Afghan
George O'Bannon's Gul i'Birjista
45 x 70 inches
114 cm x 178 cm
$1109
Afghan
NFS - Pink RPG War Rug
43 x 68 inches
109 cm x 173 cm
$1112
Afghan
Two Small Linked Helicopter War Rugs
12 x 27 inches
30 cm x 69 cm
$1127
Afghan
Red AK-47 Rug with Two Helicopters and Handgun
21 x 40 inches
53 cm x 101 cm
$1131
Afghan
Parachute Medallion War Rug
43 x 68 inches
109 cm x 173 cm
$1137
Afghan
Amman Ullah Khan Rug with Silk
33 x 56 inches
84 cm x 142 cm
$90001308
Afghan
Friendship Flat Weave (Exhibited at Miami University)
50 x 76 inches
127 cm x 193 cm
$75001380
Afghan
Devils Head War Rug
39 x 60 inches
99 cm x 152 cm
$62501382
Afghan
Turkmen Sumac (exhibited at Miami University Art Museum) Formerly 26.
44 x 68 inches
112 cm x 173 cm
$45001386
Afghan
Green Amman Ullah Khan Rug
36 x 58 inches
91 cm x 148 cm
$85001421
Afghan
Double Minaret War Rug
34 x 61 inches
87 cm x 155 cm
$27501463
Afghan
Vase of Flowers Sumac Rug with Helicopter Border
45 x 81 inches
114 cm x 206 cm
$1602
Afghan

39 x 63 inches
99 cm x 160 cm
$1637
Afghan
Multi-Person Prayer War Rug with Planes and Busses
66 x 111 inches
168 cm x 282 cm
$1700
Afghan
(exhibited at Miami University Art Museum)
45 x 73 inches
114 cm x 185 cm
$45002003
Afghan
Horsemen and Tanks (size approximate)
44 x 82 inches
112 cm x 208 cm
$75002017
Afghan
Three Building War Rug
48 x 79 inches
122 cm x 201 cm
$75002023
Afghan
Devils Head War Rug #2
37 x 60 inches
94 cm x 152 cm
$37502025